ARTIST: KNOCKED LOOSE
TITLE: MISTAKES LIKE FRACTURES
LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS
WORDS: JACK MOBLEY
Surprise! Knocked Loose have released a three track EP to get you salivating at the prospect of their upcoming full length, due for release later in 2019. ‘Mistakes Become Fractures’ is the first release since the widely well received and popular, ‘Laughing Tracks’ in 2016 for the hardcore-punk outfit, and they have not disappointed, with a rapid-fire trio of songs. Bringing a trademark sound that they have honed in on since their debut album, this collection of songs each has their own flavour to offer: a new song, a cover, and a re-release.
The only new song comes in the form of the titular track and showcases all of the brutality that Knocked Loose has built their bright career on. From the opening drum fill and riff you know what sort of savagery is about to ensue. Guitar screeches that would easily slot into any of the bands stellar back catalogue the door is then flung open for the verse. Circle-pit inspiring drumming and rhythm, the beat is frantic like a runaway train while lead vocalist, Bryan Garris barks his lyrics line to line. With the chorus comes the groove and stomping riffs with crashing cymbals. Garris screeches ‘Mistakes like fractures’ like his life depended on it. All before the song is brought to halt with the lingering guitar, teasing the impending doom that is a Knocked Loose breakdown, which is as every bit as brutal as you could imagine.
“Bringing a trademark sound that they have honed in on since their debut album, this collection of songs each has their own flavour to offer”
The Warriors cover, ‘Slings and Arrows’, stays close to the original in terms of the basic structure and progression but the Knocked Loose stamp has been beaten into the track to leave a bloody pulp behind. Garris’ delivery is so unique that he really makes the track his own. The breakdown makes you sit back and contemplate life; and it’s so earth-shattering you need to be alone in order to avoid harm coming to others in the surrounding areas.
The anger is ramped up for the last track, remake, ‘All My Friends’ from their debut EP ‘Pop Culture’. The most notable difference here is the production, the initial release was very raw but this new lick of paint breathes fresh life in this already battered and bruised song. What this re-release does offer is a nice comparison to see how the band has progressed, five years on. The song writing is very ‘meat and potatoes’, less of the screeches and monotonous breakdown chugs. Not to say is isn’t a good track, because it is, but it’s evidence that the band have developed an identity and sound that has more layers.
“so earth-shattering you need to be alone in order to avoid harm coming to others in the surrounding areas….”
A perfect taster for all hardcore fans, Knocked Loose’s EP has hit all the right spots: a new track that will slot very nicely into the live set with upcoming Slam Dunk dates on the horizon; a quick-fire cover that smacks your head clean off; and a remastered/reworked single that resurrects a potentially lost artefact.
A release that pleases everyone as the prospect of fresh material is just around the corner. It’s a good time to be a fan of hardcore as many bands head into their sophomore record, Knocked Loose is certainly in that pool hoping to make another huge splash!